Britain’s military chief, General Sir Nick Carter says as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there could be a rise in 1930s-style nationalism and wars across the world.
The UK’s Chief of the Defence Staff warns about the possibility of post-pandemic conflicts and wars.
“What you generally find with a crisis like this, which becomes an economic crisis, is that it then undermines the stability and security situation as well,” Gen Carter told The Daily Telegraph.
“What often follows a very significant economic event is a security challenge.”
Russia, Iran and North Korea form the potential axis that could pose a bigger threat to world peace.
He dismisses China as a challenge, rather than a threat, saying the world should be concerned with the three countries in the ‘war axis’.
In short, he is saying there is a parallel between 1930, the rise of fascism and extremism in Europe and world war 2 that could repeat after COVID-19 is defeated.
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The 1930s and 2020s
However, we believe China will be more aggressive and will assert its power in a similar manner the Japanese or the Germans did during the 1930s.
Furthermore, the General draws parallels with the fallout from the great Wall Street Crash of the 1930s in the US.
The rise in nationalism culminated in two world wars in Europe engulfing the globe and dragging America into two world wars.
And Gen Sir Nick Carter adds the ensuing economic crisis might be followed by the rise in extremism around the world.
Before the second world war, the Nazi’s took power in Germany. The nationalists rose to power in Japan and in Italy, the fascists took hold of the country.
The axis of evil led the world into a carnage for 6 years before they crumbled in ruins.
However, we must say the current world did not have to wait for a pandemic to see a rise of extreme factions across the globe.
Extreme right-wing factions were winning seats in Europe. They advocate the expulsion of foreigners from their countries, just like the Pegida in Germany and some extreme-right wing parties in the UK.
“If you look at the 1930s, that started with a significant economic crash – and that acted as a very destabilising feature.
“There are moments in history when significant economic challenges have led to security challenges because they act as a destabiliser,” says the General.
But his concerns over vaccine nationalism is perhaps a bit exaggerated.
He says the Covid-19 pandemic has raised global tension over vaccine supplies and countries shutting their borders to keep out foreign travellers.
He calls it the dawn of “vaccine nationalism” with countries holding stock only for their own populations.
But many countries have instead offered vaccines to permanent residents and foreigners, in some cases.
The logic is if your population is vaccinated and the foreigners living in your country is not, they may transmit the sickness to the vaccinated people.
“There has been some unity with the vaccine but, generally speaking, people have put up nationalist barriers – and that does not exactly help you with security and stability,” Gen Carter says, adding, “What the virus has revealed is some fault lines internationally but also within society.”
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